Patent Scholars Network Seminar Series

The UK and Ireland Patent Scholars Network established a Virtual Seminar Series in 2020. The series commenced on the 27th of May with a seminar by Dr John Liddicoat (University of Cambridge) asking “Has the EU incentive for drug repositioning been effective?”. This was followed by Dr Cliona Kelly (University College Dublin) on the 25th of June presenting on “Ethics, Responsible Innovation, and Patents”. On the 16th of September, Professor Duncan Matthews (QMUL) presented a paper on “The Governance of Genome Editing: Addressing the Patent Gap” and on the 5th of November, Dr Aisling McMahon (Maynooth University) presented on “Patents, Access to Healthcare and Covid-19: The Role, Limits and Case for Reform of Compulsory Licensing Laws”.

The seminar series provides a forum for fruitful and lively discussions of contemporary patent law developments in Europe and internationally. To join the network please email:

Please see below for a selection of recordings from the seminars, with more to follow: